Mar 11, 2011 6:00pm PST
. then we got this report from santa cruz county at 8:31 a.m. >> she joins us live once again from santa cruz county. high above the pacific there. what can you tell us? >> well, just a few minutes ago we saw the waters recede and as you can see behind me they are receding once again. very quickly within the past five minutes they have almost quickly receded. many residents around here very shocked. >> and that was a telltale sign. shopper 5 had -- chopper 5 had these shots. and we saw this. you can see the water beginning to surge onshore into the santa cruz harbor. we were expecting rises between 2 to 3 feet. now, this is not your typical wave. so we are talking about a massive water. all of a sudden rising up as it approaches the coastline and surging onshore with all the energy it started with and roared in through the harbor. something else that caught or eye was the whirlpool. all that water churning in and out. with tsunamis it is not a single wave but a series of waves moving onshore, hitting the coastline moving back out so you see that churning of all that water and that'